boiled apple cider dripping from spoon
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Boiled Apple Cider

Take everything yummy about apple cider and concentrate it to a thick syrup...that's boiled apple cider, ready to intensify all your apple treats!
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: DIY Ingredients
Cuisine: General
Keyword: Apple Cider, Apples, Autumn Baking, Fall Baking, Fruits & Jams
Servings: 16 Tbsp
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Special Equipment


  • 1/2 gal apple cider, unfiltered (organic if possible)
  • flavorings as desired, see Recipe Notes


  • Bring the apple cider to a boil over med-high heat, then reduce the heat to keep the cider at a simmer (you should see small bubbles as the cider simmers).
  • Using a skewer, mark the level of the cider. Continue to mark the level on the skewer each hour.
  • Simmer the cider for about 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. During the last hour of simmering, stir every 15 minutes. (see Recipe Notes)
  • The cider will be ready when you stir it and dark copper-colored bubbles form, covering the entire surface. You can also check by using your skewer...the cider will boil down to about 1/8 of its original volume. Finally, if you smear a small amount on a plate, it should have the consistency of warm, runny honey. The cider will thicken as it cools, so don't over-cook it.
  • Once you've achieved the right consistency, remove the boiled cider from the heat and strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a mason jar to remove any impurities. You should have about 1 cup of boiled cider.
  • Let the jar cool to room temperature, then cover and store in the refrigerator. It should keep indefinately.

Recipe Notes

The cook time will vary depending on your stove and which pot you choose. 
You can flavor your boiled cider in a number of ways...add a cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, orange zest, or (my favorite) a splash or whisky or rum to your cider at the beginning of the simmering process.
This recipe can be doubled by starting with a gallon of apple cider that will reduce to 2 cups of boiled apple cider. Be sure to use a heavy duty pot that holds at least 5 quarts....a cast iron pot or Dutch oven works well. Note that the cooking time can be upwards of 5-6 hours, so plan accordingly.
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